Russia’s talk of leaving the ISS makes so much more sense now

NASA may have been a bit blindsided this week when its partner, Russia's Roscosmos, revealed that it was going to decide whether or not it wanted to leave the ISS permanently. The space station has been co-operated by both the United States and Russia for a long time and has hosted astronauts from many different nations. Now, it seems Russia is having second thoughts and it's blaming the space station's age and lack of functionality as reasons it might depart. At the time, it didn't make a ton of sense. The ISS has been a big deal for Russia for…

Ingenuity helicopter makes history by flying on Mars | Science News for Students

The copter's 40-second-long flight in the Red Planet’s thin air is only the first in a planned series of daring flights.

NASA Removes Rocket Core Stage for Artemis Moon Mission

Crews at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, worked April 19-20 to remove the first flight core stage of the agency’s Space Launch System rocket from the B-2 Test...

SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts prepare for launch to International Space Station

Thursday morning's launch marks SpaceX's third piloted flight to orbit and the first with a "used" Crew Dragon ferry ship.

Victory! Ingenuity conducts its first powered flight on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter just became the first craft to achieve controlled, powered flight on a planet beyond Earth.

International crew, recycled capsule: SpaceX prepares to launch

Four astronauts are set to lift off from the US state of Florida on Thursday headed to the International Space Station.

Astronauts flying reused SpaceX rocket, capsule for 1st time

For the first time, NASA is putting its trust in a recycled SpaceX rocket and capsule for a crew. Astronaut Megan McArthur takes special pleasure in the reused spacecraft set to soar Thursday morning. In “a fun twist,” she’ll sit in the same seat in the same capsule as her husband, Bob Behnken, did last spring for a test flight to the International Space Station.

SpaceX, Crew-2 mission cleared for launch as eyes turn to the weather - NASASpaceFlight.com

The Crew-2 mission’s Launch Readiness Review, or LRR, has been completed at the Kennedy Space…

Do Black Holes Contain a 'Movie' of the Entire Universe?

There are infinite rings of light around a black hole that capture the history of the universe, and scientists are figuring out how to get a better look.

NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 mission: How to watch Dragon launch to the ISS

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch to the ISS on April 22 with astronauts from NASA, ESA and the Japanese Space Agency.

NASA taps SpaceX's Starship for first Artemis landings, looks to on-ramp future vehicles - NASASpaceFlight.com

Following a year of testing and development, NASA has selected SpaceX’s Starship-based Human Landing System…

Letter: Speak up for the planet

Earth Day on April 22 will bring out all sorts of comments on climate change, loss of wildlife and ecosystems, and chemicals that are actually killing people along with bees, birds, etc., and then most…

SpaceX is preparing to test-fly a new Starship after the last 4 exploded

Every high-flying Starship so far has exploded, but NASA says it will help SpaceX turn the mega-rocket into a moon lander for astronauts.

NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 mission is set to launch for the International Space Station on Thursday morning.

UC San Diego alum piloting NASA's mission to International Space Station

This will be Megan McArthur's second time in space.

A cosmologist throws light on a universe of bias

In “The Disordered Cosmos,” Chanda Prescod-Weinstein contemplates the exclusionary culture of physics.

The First Flight On Another World Wasn’t on Mars. It Was on Venus, 36 Years Ago

Cool as it is, Ingenuity does not mark the dawn of extraterrestrial aviation.

Tech grad Shane Kimbrough commanding next SpaceX mission

A Georgia Tech graduate is commanding Thursday’s NASA and SpaceX mission to the International Space Station.

First module for Russia’s new orbital station to be ready in 2025

Russia may quit the ISS project gradually but there is no talk about dumping the orbital outpost in 2025, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said

NASA SpaceX Crew-2 Astronauts Head to Space Station to Conduct Microgravity Science

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission is set to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon on Earth Day, April 22. The four include NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur and, a first for the Commercial Crew Program, two international partners, Japan Aer

Small NASA rocket will study boundary of interstellar space

For a few brief minutes, a suborbital rocket from NASA has an ambitious plan to seek out particles from interstellar space.

Putting the Pieces Back Together: Scientists Reconstruct Solar System’s Original Architecture

As the solar system was developing, the giant planets (Jupiter and Saturn) formed very early, and as they grew, they migrated both closer to and further away from the sun to stay in gravitationally stable orbits. The gravitational effect of these massive objects caused immense reshuffling of othe

Russia says to launch own space station in 2025

Russia's space agency said Tuesday it hoped to launch its own orbital station in 2025 as Moscow considers withdrawing from the International Space Station programme to go it alone.

Tesla Cybertruck: photos show incredible prototype — Musk Reads

Tesla Cybertruck spotted; NASA chooses SpaceX for its Moon missions; Tesla’s safety record comes under the spotlight.

What actually is the Starship spacecraft Elon Musk wants to send people to Mars on

The rocket is unlike any spaceship that has ever flown before, featuring private cabins, large common area and a viewing gallery

Russia to Quit Int’l Space Station in 2025 – Reports

Russia’s space agency reportedly plans to deploy its own orbiting outpost after international agreements on the use of ISS expire in 2024.

SpaceX wins NASA contract to design moon lander

Elon Musk's SpaceX will develop the first commercial human lander for NASA as part of its Artemis program, which will carry the first woman to the moon.

SpaceX set to take four astronauts to ISS Thursday

SpaceX is preparing to carry four astronauts to a crowded International Space Station on Thursday, in the second routine mission since the United States resumed crewed space flight, and the first with ...

SpaceX set to take four astronauts to ISS on April 22

SpaceX is preparing to carry four astronauts to a crowded International Space Station on Thursday, in the second routine mission since the United States resumed crewed space flight, and the first

SHIELDS Up! NASA Rocket Launched to Survey Our Solar System’s Windshield

Eleven billion miles away – more than four times the distance from us to Pluto – lies the boundary of our solar system’s magnetic bubble, the heliopause. Here the Sun’s magnetic field, stretching through space like an invisible cobweb, fizzles to nothing. Interstellar space begins. “It's really t

Nasa’s Mars helicopter in first powered, controlled flight on another planet

Ingenuity successfully takes flight, hovering at height of about 3 metres before touching back down

Russia to decide whether to quit the International Space Station

The International Space Station has its name for a reason. The orbiting laboratory has hosted astronauts from all over the globe during its many years in operation. As new hardware has been installed on the spacecraft, its capabilities have grown, and a great deal of science is carried out there. Over the years, the two main partners that keep the space station going are the United States (NASA) and Russia (Roscosmos). Now, one of those partners is weighing the heavy decision to back out. Hint: It's not NASA. As Russia's TASS news agency reports, Russian officials have decided that it's…

NASA makes first remote flight on another planet

NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet.

SpaceX fires up sooty Falcon booster ahead of historic astronaut launch

SpaceX says it has successfully completed the last major test standing between a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft and the company’s next historic astronaut launch. Right on schedule, once-flown Falcon 9 booster B1061, orbit-proven Crew Dragon capsule C206, and a new expendable Falcon upper stage rolled out to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) […]

Meteorites Hold Early Atmospheres From Across the Solar System - Universe Today

Since they were formed in the early solar system, many meteorites offer an unadulterated view into what that solar system was made out of, or what happened to it as we reported before.  Recently a team of researchers led by Maggie Thompson at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) took a look at the chemical … Continue reading "Meteorites Hold Early Atmospheres From Across the Solar System"

Russia to withdraw from ISS, will launch own space station

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said work had begun on the fist module of a new station, after officials warned that Russia was considering pulling out of the ISS, one of the few successful examples of cooperation with the West.

Russia is capable of building orbital station on its own, deputy prime minister says

According to Yuri Borisov, the new Russian space station could be located higher than the International Space Station and this meant that it would be high orbital

Watch NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity make first flight on another planet

The Perseverance rover records its little buddy performing a brief hover and turn before landing almost perfectly.

Opinion | A small but mighty helicopter on Mars shows how much robots can do

The Ingenuity aircraft is a reminder of the great potential of machine-based space exploration.

Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

The Ingenuity drone completes the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.

NASA's Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on...

NASA: Mars Helicopter Changes Planetary Exploration Forever

The Mars helicopter Ingenuity performed the first controlled flight on another planet early Monday, demonstrating a new way to help humans explore.

Elon Musk Wants to Move Fast and Break Space

SpaceX’s Starlink project would add thousands of satellites to a very crowded sky.

Google's newest Easter egg lets your browser take Martian flight

After years of preparation and planning, NASA made history in space today. Early this morning, the Ingenuity helicopter managed to take flight in the thin

Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now's editor, asked NASA's acting administrator about the space agency's commercial crew and Artemis programs during a one-on-one virtual interview Tuesday, April 20.

NASA, SpaceX watching weather in downrange abort zones for crew launch

Preparations for the planned liftoff Thursday of a SpaceX Dragon capsule with a four-person crew to the International Space Station cleared another readiness review Tuesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but officials are tracking marginal wind and sea conditions in downrange abort zones in the Atlantic Ocean that could force a launch delay.

NASA chief: Russian cosmonauts unlikely fly on U.S. crew capsules until next year

NASA’s acting administrator said Tuesday he does not expect Russian cosmonauts to start launching to the International Space Station on U.S. commercial crew vehicles until next year. A proposed agreement with Russia to ensure the space station is always staffed with an international crew is awaiting U.S. government approval.

After successful first flight, NASA wants to push Mars helicopter to its limits

The work isn't over for NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter. Engineers hope to fly the rotorcraft four more times in the next two weeks before calling it quits on the pioneering technology experiment, which accomplished the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet Monday.

Dragon crew rehearses for launch day, first-look weather forecast looks good

After completing a dress rehearsal for launch day over the weekend, the four astronauts gearing up for liftoff Thursday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are in good spirits and spending time with their families in Florida before leaving the planet for a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. Forecasters with the U.S. Space Force's 45th Weather Squadron predict an 80% chance of acceptable weather for launch early Thursday.

Amazon buys nine Atlas 5 launches for Kuiper broadband constellation

Amazon has selected United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket for nine missions from Cape Canaveral to deploy satellites for the Kuiper internet constellation, a fleet designed to eventually number more than 3,200 spacecraft, the companies announced Monday.

NASA celebrates first historic helicopter flight on Mars

An automated mini-helicopter driven by two fast-spinning, counter-rotating rotors took off from the surface of Mars, hovered for 30 seconds, then successfully landed Monday to complete the historic first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet.

NASA's robotic Ingenuity helicopter is poised to make the first attempt at a powered flight in the atmosphere of Mars. Watch live at 6:15 a.m. EDT (1015 GMT) Monday as NASA officials receive signals confirming the outcome of the automated flight attempt.

Photos: Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon roll out to pad 39A

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft rolled out to pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Friday. Hydraulics raised the 215-foot-tall rocket vertical on the historic launch pad in preparation for liftoff with four astronauts heading for the International Space Station.

NASA schedules first Mars helicopter test flight for Monday

After some long-distance troubleshooting, NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter will attempt the first flight of its kind on another world Monday in a demonstration that could open the door to a new era of interplanetary aerial scouts. Watch live at 6:15 a.m. EDT (1015 GMT) Monday as NASA officials receive signals confirming the outcome of the flight attempt.

Watch live Wednesday: NASA, SpaceX talk Crew-2 astronaut launch at 'countdown clock' briefing

NASA is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday (April 21) at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT) to discuss SpaceX's plans to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station.

Boeing pushes second Starliner test flight to late summer

The second test flight for Boeing's Starliner crew capsule, known as the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission, won't lift off until late this summer.

NASA, SpaceX declare Crew-2 astronaut mission 'go' for Thursday launch

NASA has given SpaceX the official go-ahead for the launch of its next crew mission to the International Space Station.

US military picks 3 companies to test nuclear propulsion in cislunar space

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked three big space companies for the first phase of a larger project to test nuclear propulsion above low Earth orbit by 2025.

Strange crater suggests ancient Mars may have been frigid with occasional snowmelt

Mars' ancient history is interesting to scientists because if the arid planet was once warm and wet, it may have been habitable to life.

Pictures from space! Our image of the day

In this sunset image, you can see a SpaceX Falcon 9 sitting on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Amazon's 1st Kuiper megaconstellation satellites will launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket

Amazon has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) to start launching its megaconstellation of internet satellites to space.

China wants to launch its own Hubble-class telescope as part of space station

China could launch the first module for its own space station this month as the country also prepares to send a large space telescope to join it in orbit within the next few years.

Gamma-ray bursts don't get kicked around

For years, astronomers thought that the objects responsible for short gamma-ray bursts get kicked out of their home galaxies shortly after they're born. But new observations prove otherwise.

Small NASA rocket will study boundary of interstellar space

For a few brief minutes, a suborbital rocket from NASA has an ambitious plan to seek out particles from interstellar space.

On This Day in Space! April 20, 2016: Moon doesn't turn green, despite internet rumors

On April 20, 2016, the moon did not turn green. See how it happened in our "On This Day In Space" series!

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter aced an 'absolutely beautiful flight' on Mars. Here's the video.

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity just made aviation history, and its robotic buddy caught the whole thing on video.

Arnold Schwarzenegger tells NASA to 'Get to the choppa!' for 1st Mars helicopter flight

Arnold Schwarzenegger had some important words for NASA ahead of the historic first flight of the agency's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity.

Behold! NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity snaps stunning photo from its 1st flight.

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has made its historic first Red Planet flight — and the photos are unbelievable.

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity takes off on historic 1st powered flight on another world

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter lifted off on the Red Planet early this morning (April 19), performing the first-ever powered flight on a world beyond Earth.

Scientists baked meteorites in an oven to investigate the atmospheres of alien planets

Scientists baked meteorites in an oven and studied the gases they released to investigate the atmospheres of rocky planets.

Watch monster black holes dance in this mesmerizing NASA animation

A stunning new animation from NASA shows the entrancing dance of two monster black holes in orbit around each other.

Can we reflect sunlight to fight climate change? Scientists eye aerosol shield for Earth.

Could we slow down global warming by creating an aerosol reflector to deflect the sun's rays away from Earth? And should we?

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity is ready to make its first flight attempt Monday

The big day is nearly here for the team behind NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity, who've spent six years developing the first aircraft to fly on the Red Planet.

These 4 Crew-2 astronauts are ready to ride a SpaceX rocket into orbit

NASA's next crew of astronauts are ready to strap into a SpaceX Dragon capsule and blast off into space.

Russia joins China's mission to sample an asteroid and study a comet

China has selected a Russian science payload to fly on an upcoming mission to sample a near-Earth asteroid and later visit a main-belt comet.

Lyrid meteors face off against a bright moon this week

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on Thursday morning (April 22), the first good meteor shower in nearly four months, although a bright moon could interfere.

NASA may attempt 1st Mars helicopter flight on Monday

The first helicopter on Mars is once again ready to attempt an historic flight on another world.

How to watch the Mars helicopter Ingenuity's first flight online

The first helicopter is expected to attempt the first-ever flight on Mars on Monday (April 19), with NASA unveiling the results a day later, and you can follow it all online.

SpaceX test-fires rocket ahead of Crew-2 astronaut launch for NASA

SpaceX has fired up the rocket that will ferry its next crew of astronauts to the International Space Station next week.

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity aces troublesome spin test

NASA's experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity nailed a crucial spin test after the first try ended abruptly, delaying the chopper's groundbreaking flight attempt.

Space photos: The most amazing images this week!

See the best photos on Space.com this week.

The top space stories of the week!

These are the top space stories this week from Space.com.

SpaceX's Crew-2 astronaut mission for NASA: Live updates

SpaceX's next crewed launch for NASA will launch four astronauts to the International Space Station on the Crew-2 mission on April 22. Liftoff is set for 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT). Known as Crew-2, the mission will mark SpaceX's third crewed spaceflight and will ferry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet on a six-month mission to the space station.

SpaceX's Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station in photos

SpaceX's Crew-2 mission will launch to the International Space Station on April 22. See photos of the crewmembers and their preparations for launch.